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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 13 March 2013 (France)
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

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Bruno Dumont

Writers:

Paul Claudel (letters), Camille Claudel (letters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Juliette Binoche ... Camille Claudel
Jean-Luc Vincent Jean-Luc Vincent ... Paul Claudel
Jessica Errero Jessica Errero ... Nursing Home Resident (as Jessica Herrero)
Marion Keller Marion Keller ... Mlle Blanc
Alexandra Lucas Alexandra Lucas ... Nursing Home Resident
Nicole Faurite Nicole Faurite ... Soeur Nicole
Florence Philippe Florence Philippe ... Soeur Florence
Myriam Laloum Myriam Laloum ... Nursing Home Resident
Régine Gayte Régine Gayte ... Soeur Régine
Christelle Petit Christelle Petit ... Soeur Christelle
Sandra Rivera Sandra Rivera ... Soeur Sandra
Eric Jacoulet Eric Jacoulet ... L'interne
Daniele Daniele ... Nursing Home Resident
Armelle Leroy-Rolland Armelle Leroy-Rolland ... La jeune soeur novice
Claire Peyrade Claire Peyrade ... Pensionnaire bain
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Camille Claudel, 1915 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$783, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,960, 22 November 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Loosely inspired by the works and correspondence of Paul Claudel and correspondence of Camille Claudel. See more »

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"Magnificat, BWV 243: Suscepit Israel' composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Juliette Binoche and a cast of mental patients. What could possibly go wrong?
12 October 2014 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Juliette Binoche and a cast of mental patients. What could possibly go wrong? And the answer is: nothing. This film is practically flawless from start to finish. I'll forewarn you by saying you mustn't expect a biographical story relating the turbulent life of sculptor Camille Claudel. For that, you might want to check out the 1988 film "Camille Claudel" starring Isabelle Adjani.

"Camille Claudel 1915" is, as director Bruno Dumont says, "a film about someone who spends her time doing not much". In other words, this won't give you the saucy, dramatic story of Camille's affair with her mentor Rodin, nor will it attempt to explain what her "mental illness" was, and very few clues are given as to why she ends up at a mental asylum to begin with. Perhaps even more noticeable is the fact that none of Camille's art is shown or alluded to. This movie, quiet but moving, is simply about 3 days in the life of Camille as she copes with an artist's worst torture: boredom.

Camille is excellently played by Juliette Binoche who describes this film as "mostly silent with only two or three moments with a lot of speaking, as if all the words she hadn't been able to say come out in a rush, all at once." Indeed, she doesn't say a word for almost the first 10 minutes. But through the use of extreme, unsettling closeups, and some painfully telling facial expressions, the film conveys almost everything we need to know without words. When Juliette does open her mouth to deliver her monologues, they are absolutely riveting, emotional and affecting. It should be noted that many of her lines were improvised, having only 4 pages of script to work with. Dumont simply asked her to fill in the blanks.

Similarly improvised were all the roles of the mental patients around her. These were actual mental patients (attended by actual nurses dressed as nuns). The patients were never told what to do or how to "act". Instead Dumont wanted to capture the true environment of a mental institution which he felt is the same story 100 years ago as it is today. If Dumont needed a certain reaction or expression from a patient, for example an intense look of pensiveness, he would give the patient a piece of scotch tape to play with and film the patient's reaction. This all makes for very genuine cinema, the kind you could never get from SAG card-carrying actors.

Thus, don't expect a lot of dramatic scenes of patients being tortured by their sadistic keepers à la "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Here instead is a very realistic image of a mental institution where people are cared for, and it's simply their condition of idleness and lassitude which is the torture. That itself conveys more hopelessness than if we were to see Nurse Ratched administering shock therapy.

Excellent cinematography and stunningly gorgeous locations round out this film. I don't recall hearing any music, and there are certainly no car chases and shootouts. No fancy camera tricks; in fact most of the takes are very long and still, allowing the images and actors to tell the story. I would compare this movie to other laconic, beautifully-shot films like "The Spirit of the Beehive" (1973) or some of Herzog's early work.


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